Resources for Starting and Maintaining a Business in Maryland

At CorpNet our mission is to help you start your business and help you keep it in compliance. To assist you in your entrepreneurial journey, we’ve collected answers to the most frequently asked questions small business owners have about starting and maintaining a business in the state of Maryland.

Our goal is to provide you with a one-stop solution for all of your business, payroll tax registrations, and compliance filings. And if we can help you along the way, our team of entity filings and compliance experts is just a call away.

Quick Facts for Starting a Maryland Business

Expedited Services Available: Yes
New Business Publishing Required: No
Private Registration Available: No

Registered Agent Required: Yes
Annual Report Required: Yes
Franchise Tax Required: No

State Sales Tax: 6%
State Income Tax: 8.25%
Unemployment Insurance: 10.5%

DBAs do not require a registered agent.

Maryland Business Entity Options

Business Entity Type State Fees Applicable Form
Limited Partnership (LP) $100 Certificate of Limited Partnership
Foreign Limited Partnership $100 Application for Registration of a Foreign Limited Partnership
Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) $100 Certificate of Limited Liability Partnership
Limited Liability Company (LLC) $100 Articles of Organization
Stock Corporation $120 Articles of Incorporation for a Stock Corporation
Close Corporation $120 Articles of Incorporation for a Close Corporation
Nonstock Corporation $120 Articles of Incorporation for a Nonstock Corporation
Religious Corporation $120 Articles of Incorporation Religious Corporation
Tax-Exempt Nonstock Corporation $120 Articles of Incorporation for a Tax-Exempt Nonstock Corporation
Foreign Limited Liability Partnership $100 Limited Liability Partnership Registration (For non-Maryland LLPs)
Foreign Corporation $100 Foreign Corporation Qualification
Foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC) $100 Limited Liability Company Registration (For non-Maryland Limited Liability Company)

Not Sure Which Type of Business You Need?

Launch CorpNet’s Business Structure Wizard to get suggested entities based on your unique needs. It’s free and easy to use.

Key Maryland Government Resources

Maryland Secretary of State
16 Francis St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Maryland Comptroller of Maryland
60 West Street
Suite 102
Annapolis, MD 21401

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Need a Small Business Compliance Checklist?

Business compliance can slip through the cracks! As your existing business evolves, you are required to file notify the state of any changes. Many business owners lose sight of these requirements and fail to realize they haven’t met compliance requirements.

Use our compliance checklist to determine which business filings you need to perform to manage this year’s activities and changes.

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